Thursday, October 30, 2014

NC's In-Person Early Voting Continues to March Ahead of 2010's Numbers

North Carolina's early voting continues its march ahead of where the state was four years in the last mid-term election; among all early voting methods (in-person and mail-in balloting), 731,251 ballots have been accepted for November 4th's election.

Among those accepted in-person early ballots, 689,682 votes have cast, equal to 115 percent of the same day total in 2010.  Among these cumulative accepted in-person ballots cast:

  • registered Democrats are 49 percent
  • registered Republicans are 30.8 percent
  • registered Unaffiliated voters are 20 percent
  • Women are 54 percent
  • White voters are 72 percent
  • Black voters are 25 percent
Among the 129,842 ballots that were cast in-person on Wednesday, October 29:

  • registered Democrats were 48 percent
  • registered Republicans were 32 percent
  • registered Unaffiliated voters were 20 percent
  • Women were 55 percent
  • White voters were 72 percent
  • Black voters were 25 percent
In comparing the trend lines of this year's accepted in-person early ballots against the same day totals in 2010:

  • Registered Democrats are 122 percent of the same day total from their 2010 numbers
  • Registered Unaffiliated voters are 135 percent of the same day total from their 2010 numbers
  • Registered Republicans are 95 percent of the same day total from their 2010 numbers
Of the voters who have cast in-person early ballots so far, a slim plurality among party voters used the same voting method four years ago:

What again is notable is that 30 percent of registered unaffiliated & Libertarian voters (Libertarians being a very small percentage of that number) did not participate in the 2010 election, due to not voting, or not being registered, or not living in the state. 

With three more days of in-person early voting left in North Carolina, the shortened time period for early voting seems not to have caused an issue, with Democrats and, surprisingly, unaffiliated voters taking advantage of this period before Election Day.